Michael Wooldridge

Scientist, author and presenter

Michael Wooldridge is Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Hertford College.

He has received many awards, including the Lovelace Medal from the British Computer Society (2020); the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award (2006); the AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator Award (2021); and the Distinguished Service Award from the European Assocation for AI (2023).

Michael is co-Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence Journal, the oldest international journal for AI (established 1971), and indeed one of the oldest computing journals. Between 2003 and 2009 he was co-editor-in-chief of the Journal Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems.

In 2023 hegave the 2023 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in the 198th year of the series, broadcast by BBC TV over Christmas 2023 – The Truth About AI. He has written two popular science introductions to AI: the Ladybird Expert Guide to Artificial Intelligence, a short overview in the iconic British book series, and The Road to Conscious Machines, a longer introduction to AI in Penguin’s classic Pelican series; an edited and revised version of The Road to Conscious Machines was published in the USA by Flatiron Press under the title A Brief History of AI. Both books are aimed a general audience.



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